Today the 68th Cannes Film Festival has added Sienna Miller and Jake Gyllenhaal to the prestigious jury panel.
The jury is typically an eclectic mix of creators and performers, and this year’s group is no exception. Organizers announced today that Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller and French Canadian Xavier Dolan (who won the Jury Prize at the fest last year for his unruly-son drama ‘Mommy’) will serve on the panel.
Joel and Ethan Coen were previously announced as heads of the jury. This will be the first time more than one person will serve in the ‘chief role’ position. The presence of De Palma and del Toro might address critics who noted when the competition lineup was announced last week that the slate did not include any Spanish-language titles.
There are 17 films in competition, including Gus Van Sant’s’ The Sea Of Trees’, starring Matthew McConaughey; Palme d’Or include the lesbian love story ‘Carol’, based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel, which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as lovers in 1950’s New York.
And, ‘Macbeth’ with Michael Fassbender as the doomed Scottish king and Marion Cotillard as his wife; and Paolo Sorrentino’s ‘Youth’, starring Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz, Harvey Keitel and Jane Fonda.
Films showing out of competition include the documentary about the late singer Amy Winehouse.
The jury will decide the winner of the ‘Palme d’Or Award’ and the main festival prizes, including best actress and actor on Sunday, May 24th.